If you're an adult oldest child, do you STILL shoulder most of the financial res

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago

    If you're an adult oldest child, do you STILL shoulder most of the financial responsibilities

    for your original family, even financially supporting grown younger siblings even paying their bills, much  to the detriment/chagrin of your spouse & children?  Are you expected to shoulder most, if not all the financial responsibilities while your younger siblings DON'T? Are you your family's constant ATM? In multichild families, adult oldest children are expected to carry their original family financially.It isn't unusual for adult oldest children to FOREGO their, their spouses', & even their children's financial comfort to financially support GROWN siblings. Oldest one, I feel YOUR pain!

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  2. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    An older adult sibling should not be responsible for the financial bills of younger adult siblings - they are adults and should pay their own way.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      EXACTLY!  But this scenario is very common in multichild families.  Oldest children oftentimes financially support or assist younger siblings who are QUITE CAPABLE of supporting themselves but they WON'T & even EXPECT to be supported financially!

  3. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago

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    Many adult oldest children have spoken & unspoken expectations that they are to financially foot the bills, assist, & support adult younger siblings.  This doesn't occur so much in smaller families; however, this occurrence is quite rife & especially true in larger families. Oldest children are inculcated that younger siblings are THEIR responsibility from childhood & that the needs of younger siblings take precedence, even supersedes their own.  As a result of such inculcation or rather indoctrination, it isn't unusual even in adulthood for adult oldest children to shoulder most, if not all, the financial burdens of younger siblings.   

    There are adult oldest children who would curtail, even forego their socioeconomic lifestyle to financial aid, assist, & support younger siblings although the latter ARE QUITE CAPABLE of supporting themselves.  Adult oldest children are oftentimes seen by their adult younger siblings as a walking, talking, thinking ATM.  They feel that they are OBLIGATED to sacrifice themselves for their younger siblings who oftentimes come to expect, even demand that the former financially support them for the rest of their lives.  It is quite common for adult oldest children to forfeit their socioeconomic lifestyle of their spouses & even children to financially support adult younger siblings & even the latter's families.

  4. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 2 years ago

    Hi Grace, seems a big one for you, no? I am the first as mentioned in a similar question. I started work at 15 and yes, I did bring home the wages. I left Grenada at 21 and still continued. I was married at 29 and very soon after I stopped or became erratic in my contributions. I told mom and she understood.

    We are seven and I have to say that all feel a strong sense of family and Team Spirit. We never had issues I know of. In England I see Fillipinos and Africans sending money home all the time. Some are the eldest. They do this happily and would not dream of not sending money back home to help out.

    Am I permitted to intrude? Do you find this a burden and if so why? I think that the Caribbean and African way are similar and I suspect this kind of spirit has been happening in small cities and countries for a very long time. So tell me about America. Would be interesting to know. Much Love.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Doing that makes people dependent & lazy.  Why should you sacrifice your life & lifestyle?  They should do for themselves period!!

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know, Grace. Mum worked hard all her life. My brother too. My Sister is in Houston with cancer type 4 and  still works hard. My other brothers and sister are all working hard and helping others. If you're resentful, you will not be happy.

    3. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Of course, people ARE resentful.  They aren't supposed to SUPPORT GROWN PEOPE who OUGHT to SUPPORT THEMSELVES. That is what wrong w/family.  An INBUILT welfare system- EACH TUB SITS ON ITS OWN BOTTOM. If family REFUSE TO WORK, they SHOULD STARVE!!!

    4. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Some of your questions seem connected. Of course you have my Love. I do not wish to change, just inspire. Continue with the way of Love, not submission or rejection. Perhaps a whole new kind of inner spring-cleaning is required. I bid you much Peace.

 
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